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The Meridian Star
As she sorted through items in her late husband’s office, MarLynne Moore came across some cards from his former patients.
“I found it uplifting to read some of the words of affections written to him," Moore said of her late husband, Dr. William (Bill) Ray Moore III. "I read over and over what a caring doctor he was. Some of the letters were from patients that had moved away and still stayed in touch."
“I am so proud to be the wife of such a great man. He truly cared about his patients and their families,” she said.
To pay tribute to her late spouse, MarLynne Moore has established the Dr. William R. Moore II Memorial Scholarship Endowment through The Meridian Community College Foundation.
The scholarship has been designated for an Associate Degree Nursing Program student who is a single parent rearing his or her own child or children. The applicant will have to submit an essay on why they want to be a nurse.
MarLynne Moore remembers being a single parent and struggling to make it.
“Going through school as a single parent, I fully understand how difficult it can be. I was blessed to have a wonderful support group in my family, but some students don’t have this kind of support,” she said.
“This is why it is so important to me to set up this scholarship to help a single parent with their school expenses. I truly believe this is what my husband would have wanted me to do,” she added.
College officials said they are very appreciative of the endowment.
“It is heartwarming that a scholarship in his memory will help future nurses," said Kathy Brookshire, director of institutional advancement at MCC.
“This is so appropriate for Dr. Moore … still helping others,” Brookshire said, explaining that Moore delivered both her sons and was considered more than a physician. “He was my friend. He reached out to my whole family. I felt like he really cared about me and my well-being. My entire family loved and respected him.”
An alumna of the college’s ADN program, MarLynne Moore recalled the time as a student nurse she followed her sister-in-law through her pregnancy and delivery. “Bill was her doctor,” MarLynne Moore said. “While we were in delivery, he explained to me everything he was doing and allowed me to take part in my niece’s birth. Not all doctors would haven taken the time to explain these things.”
Bill Moore was born in Moundsville, W.Va., on Nov. 11, 1928. He graduated from the University of West Virginia, served in the Navy and spent 18 months in Vietnam as a physician. After his discharge, Moore returned to his hometown and practiced family medicine. Soon afterwards he moved to New Orleans to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, and after completing his residency, he moved to Meridian where he began his practice in 1963. He delivered countless babies before his retirement in 1995. Bill Moore died Nov. 25, 2011.
MarLynne Moore said, “I truly believe God gives each of us different talents. He calls us to do different jobs. I believe to be a good nurse you need to have a servant’s heart. If you don’t have a passion and a love for people, all people, you don’t belong in the medical field.
“I believe with all my heart that Bill had that love for people. He loved his patients and their families. He took pride in his profession."